Many of us have missed out on special events during lockdown that we’d have otherwise celebrated with friends and family, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion.
That’s why, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its launch, Corn Exchange Manchester – which launched in summer 2015 following a £30m redevelopment – is holding a birthday bash with a difference.
The historic city centre site is inviting its guests to leave behind birthday wishes, both big and small, of which a selection will be granted between now and the end of September.
To take part, all guests to the Corn Exchange’s mix of bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and hotel can collect a card during their visit on which to nominate someone to receive a treat, along with leaving a reason behind as to why they deserve a surprise.
It could be nominating a family member of friend who has worked at the frontline of the Covid-19 crisis, a neighbour who has worked to support the local community, someone who couldn’t celebrate a major milestone or their birthday, or even a nomination for yourself – because everyone needs a treat after the tough year the UK has had thus far.
After filling in the card, you just need to head to the Corn Exchange’s grand atrium and drop the nomination into the post-box, which will be situated by the site’s newly unveiled mural.
Each week, the site team will randomly select nominations to receive a surprise courtesy of the Corn Exchange.
The selected winning nominations will be treated to a Corn Exchange experience at one of the site’s fantastic brands, including Banyan, Cosy Club, Delhi House Café, Doner Haus, Escape Hunt, Gino’s, Mowgli, Pho, Roomzzz and Salvi’s.
The surprises range in size from Friday night cocktails to a dinner for two – and there’s even a full-on Mancunian staycation, complete with hotel stay.
“This summer we’re celebrating five years of entertaining the city – after a tough year for everyone in the UK, we felt it was appropriate to use this birthday celebration to reward and thank our visitors for their support, which is why we’re keen to make birthday wishes come true,” said Liam Mooney, general manager at Corn Exchange Manchester.
“We’re excited to hear our guests’ nominations and to seeing the lucky winners enjoying a treat courtesy of the onsite team and brands.”